With style becoming increasingly more important in the world of men's fashion, guys everywhere are sitting up and taking notice, and frankly, I couldn't be more pleased!
Keeping that in mind, I have combed through thousands of products to find what I'd like to think are wardrobe essentials for every guy. Instead of focusing only on shoes, I have also made a small selection of necessary bags and accessories. Have any personal favorites of your own? Let me know and I might feature them next time!
Hugo Boss Siena wallet - A classic black leather wallet from one of my favorite brands of men's accessories, Hugo Boss. Features 2 bill pockets, 8 credit card slots and 2 open pockets.
Allen-Edmonds Alligator belt with Switchable Buckles - The thing that I love about this elegant alligator belt is the ability to interchange the buckles from brushed nickel plated brass to a solid brass buckle. The idea is that you can match the buckle with the hardware you have either on your bag, cufflinks, blazer buttons, etc. So essentially, you’re getting 2 belts in one. The stichless feathered-edge design adds a nice finish to it too.
Overland Equipment Skyscraper urban brief - An incredibly popular bag among young, working professionals, this urban brief is probably the best thing that happened to commuting bags. Well-balanced, the Skyscraper's shape allows it to stand freely upright, which is handy when digging through it. The wide-yoke zipper opens into a spacious main compartment, covered by a flap with a plastic stiffener that ensures it falls securely shut onto a hook and loop fastener. The Skyscraper also features innovative side pockets that can hold a full-sized water bottle or an umbrella. An exterior back pocket is sized to hold file folders, a Wall Street Journal or a even a medium pizza! Most importantly, the comfort-grip molded handle and padded shoulder strap are handy as you run for the elevator, train or subway. Cyclists love the waist belt that keeps the Skyscraper on snug in rush hour commuter traffic.
Clava 1175 Laptop Mailbag/Sling - These days, it’s all about multitasking. This modern messenger bag is definitely stylish, but also has all the features of a laptop briefcase. Under the front flap are multiple zippered compartments, while inside the bag there are interior organizers, two zippered pockets, a file compartment, and a cushioned laptop section with a Velcro® security tab. On the back exterior, there’s a full-length file folder. The adjustable strap allows you to carry it on your shoulder or sling it across your chest.
Jack Georges Triple Gusset 4403 – This sophisticated and elegant black briefcase has to be granddaddy of modern business accessories. Made from a German leather that is known for its durability, strength and scratch resistance, the 4403 is something you’ll be carrying around for years. The design, accented with polished nickel hardware and ballistic lining, is modern yet practical and oozes style!
Everyday shoes: K-Swiss Nido M - While your expensive cross trainers are great for the gym, it's usually a good idea to invest in some less-fancy sneakers for everyday wear. This simple white and silver sneaker by K-Swiss is perfect. It has a combination leather/synthetic leather upper, with a molded rubber cupsole and a full-length cushioned insole, as well as a tongue twister for color versatility. I has two-color D-rings and is embroidered with 'K-Swiss' on the toe.
Sporty casual: Skechers Critics in Gray Nubuck - Another great shoe for everyday wear, this simple style by Skechers is a little more casual and a lot less athletic than the K-Swiss above. This retro-panel-toed slip-on has a ripple outsole so you can look good morning, noon and night and features a nubuck and suede upper.
Outdoor Casual - Timberland Torrance - This double gore slip-on rugged boot serves two purposes: keeping you dry in wet and cold weather and giving you a sense of style. It's made with premium waterproof leathers for comfort, durability and abrasion resistance and features the Smart Comfort™ system technology for all-day comfort and support. Inside, it contains a moisture wicking fabric lining for all day comfort, and has a durable, lightweight mini-lug rubber outsole for flexibility.
Sandals: Josef Seibel Saxon - Whoever said that men shouldn't wear sandals has never had a pair of these Josef Seibals. The "Saxon" is a piece of footwear that is endowed with an aura of class and finesse; it's a semi-casual loafer with the soul of a sandal. Stylish yet comfortable, it's a perfect excuse to wear sandals and be comfortable without looking like a complete geek. It's definately something that can add more flavor to any wardrobe.
Trendy casual: Bacco Bucci Troy - A soft calfskin lace-up with a sporty rubber sole, this trendy European-style shoe is perfect for a night out on the town. It features Bacco Bucci's signature XACT construction; Using a special antibacterial and anti-fungal formula, the insoles adapt to the foot by allowing individuals to modify the fit of their shoes from day to day. By simply removing the top insole, you can change the width and cushion level. Choose a double level for extra comfort or remove one layer to accommodate for thicker socks or to allow extra room for swollen feet. Either way, you look great and feel great.
Dressy casual/Versatile: Dockers Audition - Every guy should have a versatile shoe that can be dressed up and dressed down without trying too hard. This slip-on shoe by Dockers is one such shoe; the soft, supple full-grain leather uppers give it a dressy finish, while the construction and style can also be worn casual slacks or khakis. With breathable linings, a personal fit and airport-friendly construction, as well as a molded EVA cushioned footbed with Dri-Lex linings, this lightweight shoe can take you from day to night with the utmost comfort.
Traditional Dress Shoe: Bostonian Omaha in Brown - Another wardrobe staple, these classic cap-toe oxfords are perfect for both the office or for dressier occasions. Featuring First/Flex construction and polished leather, they look great and require no break-in. Leather linings conform to your foot - preventing irritation and giving a custom fit.
Dress Boot: Florsheim Essex - One of the most stylish shoes a man can have in his wardrobe, the Essex is a dress boot that is part of Florsheim's Core Collection, a collection of footwear in an array of styles from classic to contemporary that are made for men who recognize and appreciate quality. A side zipper boot with a supple leather upper, this boots eliminates the sockline and looks absolutely stunning with a crisp, tailored suit or dress pants.